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VCU AmeriCorps holds an information session at its office, 1103 W. Marshall St. Participants will learn more about the program and how to serve Richmond Public School students in after-school programs this 2015-16 school year. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Chris Desvignes at americorps@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1918 or visit http://community.vcu.edu/outreach/americorps/.

RamTech invites faculty, staff and students to RamTech for "Tech Tuesday." Today's deal is 25 percent off of the Mad Catz Micro CTRL-R for Android/PC and CTRL-i for iOS 7 or greater. This video game controller turns a smart phone, tablet or PC into a console-caliber gaming platform. Connect to a TV with a HDMI adapter and cable. Stop by RamTech before 6 p.m. and show staff that you follow RamTech on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and save. In-store only, while supplies last. For more information, contact McKensie Williams at mwilliams56@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8324 or visit http://ramtech.vcu.edu.

This week

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education hosts condensed, one-week SAT® Summer Institutes on the Monroe Park Campus in Richmond and in the VCU classroom at the Career and Technical Center at Hull Street, 13900 Hull St., Midlothian, 23112, as a convenient way for students to develop essential test-taking tools during the summer. VCU faculty and staff can use promo code VCU50 at the time of registration to save $50. Regular price is $449. Two weeks are being offered, with courses beginning Monday, July 13, (Chesterfield); and Monday, July 27, (Richmond). VCU Test Prep offers preparation courses for the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, and SAT®. For more information, contact Liz Fillman at ewfillman@vcu.edu or (804) 827-9341 or visit http://ocpe.vcu.edu/vcutestprep.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety conducts Dangerous Goods training in the George Ben Johnston Auditorium. VCU or VCUHS employees who handle (receipt, pack, mark, label or prepare/sign shipping documents) dangerous goods should attend. Registration is not required. Handling dangerous goods without training or with an expired certification is illegal and may lead to fines for the handler and the university. For more information, contact Helga Mitchell at hcmitchell@vcu.edu or (804) 827-2202 or visit http://oehs.vcu.edu/chemical/index.html.

Coming up

Human Resources presents "How to Retire with the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in the HR Training Building, Room 115. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Sherri Page at sbpage@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9651 or visit https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=13823.

VCU Women's Basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle and staff present a four day basketball day camp at the Stuart C. Siegel Center from July 20-23. Camp includes daily skills and stations, league games, opportunities to learn, make new friends and have fun. Camp is open to all boys and girls in 2nd-8th grade. A VCU employee discount will be offered for all those interested. For more information, contact Vanessa Moore at moorevc@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7813 or visit http://vcuwbbcamps.com.

The Human Resources Office of Learning and Development offers a workshop for all classified staff, but particularly for supervisors/managers, in the HR Training Building, Room 115. The focus will be on how to build a culture of positive feedback and recognition, including the tools offered by the university to support you. Register and stay abreast of other employee and supervisor development courses by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at mcfarlinep@vcu.edu or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/learning-and-development/.

Notices

Copies of 'Wonder Woman' VCU Common Book Available for Checkout at VCU Libraries

Copies of the new 2015-16 The VCU Common Book, "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill Lepore, are available for checkout at VCU Libraries. Lepore combines scholarly research with a compelling story. It's an especially interesting choice for VCU, which holds one of the nation’s top comic-arts collections. VCU Libraries has provided an expanded research guide and a gallery display tied to the book's themes. Organizers invite the campus and alumni community to join in and read. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit http://www.library.vcu.edu/about/news/2015/wonder-woman-common-book-now-available-for-checkout.html.

School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Awards: Call for Nominations

Nominations of School of Medicine faculty are being accepted through Monday, July 13, for this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards. The nomination award criteria and details are available at http://www.medschool.vcu.edu/facultyaffairs/awards/ For more information, contact Deborah Stewart at dstewart@vcu.edu or visit http://www.medschool.vcu.edu/facultyaffairs/awards/.

HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program: Accepting Applications

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute accepts applications for its HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program. The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. HIGHER Ground is designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit and entrepreneurial positions. The application deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015. For more information, contact Olivia Barnes at gehli@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1169 or visit http://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/gehli/programs/higher-ground-womens-leadership/.

VCU Music: 23rd 'Guitar and Other Strings Series'

VCU Music continues a summer tradition with the 23rd annual "Guitar and Other Strings Series" in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. The Jackie Frost Band and Wild Honey will perform on Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $15. The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble 25-member guitar orchestra with guest artists, directed by John Patykula, will perform on Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact the VCU Department of Music Box Office at music@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6776 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/julystringseries.

Free Mindfulness Meditation Training + Compensation Available: Participants Needed

The VCU Stress Reduction and Well-Being Study is seeking individuals: -Between 18 and 60 years of age -In a committed romantic relationship (minimum 12 months) and residing together* -With smartphones -Interested in learning mindfulness meditation (4 brief weekday sessions from 5:30-6PM) -Not meditated previously (yoga is ok) *Only one person per relationship couple can participate in the training. Compensation available. Recruitment on a rolling basis. CONTACT: vcuwellbeing@gmail.com For more information, contact Jordan Quaglia at quagliaj@vcu.edu.

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